Economic Evaluation of Farning Systems to Protect Surface and Ground Water Quality

by Tony Prato, Missouri MSEA Project, United States,
Jian C. Ma, Missouri MSEA Project, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage


Two approaches are discussed for evaluating the economic and environmental effects of farming systems designed to protect water quality. The scenario approach evaluates specific farming system and the optimization approach uses mathematical models to select efficient farming systems for achieving specific improvements in environmental quality. A mathematical programming model is developed which can be used to determine the farming systems which maximize total net farm income in a watershed subject to a limit on annual sediment yield from the watershed. The model allows sediment delivery to be stochastic.

Subject Headings: Groundwater quality | Economic factors | Protective structures | Hydrologic models | Water quality | Optimization models | Watersheds | Sediment

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